The Elsevier Foundation Calls for 2013 New Scholars and Innovative Libraries Projects

Published: Monday 6th May 2013

June 24 deadline for 1 page applications to promote gender equality in academia and build capacity in developing world libraries.

The Elsevier Foundation is seeking new grant proposals for the 2013 New Scholars and Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries programs. The deadline for applications is June 24th2013. Grants will be awarded in December 2013 and provide one, two and three year awards between US$ 5,000 to US$ 50,000 per year for a total of US$ 100,000. The Elsevier Foundation will accept 1 page applications from May 6th through June 24th via Forty shortlisted applications will be invited to submit full proposals by September 3rd.

The Innovative Libraries in Developing Countries program provides grants to libraries in the developing world to improve access to scientific, technical and medical information. The 2013 program priorities include: professional librarian training enabling librarians to serve as pivotal advocates in their research ecosystems and projects which demonstrate the link between research access, training, usage and health impact. Priorities will also include projects which demonstrate a strong outcomes evaluation and have the potential for a strong model or multiplier effect.

The New Scholars Program supports projects to help early- to mid-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with demanding academic careers and addresses the attrition rate of talented women scientists. Recent grants have promoted institutional research, advocacy, and policy development to retain, recruit and develop women in science and have enabled researchers to attend conferences critical to their careers by assisting with childcare, mentorship and networking. Since 2010, the New Scholars program has also focused on the developing world through support of recognition awards and national gender-benchmarking research mapping the opportunities and obstacles faced by women in science, technology and innovation.

“Since 2007, we have been able to fund and partner with an impressive and diverse range of projects to build capacity in developing world libraries and advance women in science”, said David Ruth, Executive Director of The Elsevier Foundation. “The Elsevier Foundation grant often serves as critical seed funding to get innovative projects off the ground. “We can’t wait to see what great new ideas have emerged over the past year.”

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Notes for Editors
The online application form will be accepting Phase 1 applications of approximately 1 page The top 40 applications will be invited to develop full proposals during the first week of July. The deadline for these is September 3rd and new grants will be announced in December 2013.

The Elsevier Foundation program manager, Ylann Schemm will be available for questions at the Medical Libraries Association/One Health Conference on May 6th, Elsevier Booth #116 3-5pm.